Public Policy Forum Names Fellows


Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Fellows who will put their diverse areas of expertise at the disposal of the organization. The Fellows will help shape and participate in PPF's research agenda in pursuit of better policy outcomes for Canadians.

“As the Forum approaches its 30th anniversary, we are looking for new opportunities to make a greater impact across the country,” said Greenspon. “Tapping into the knowledge and networks of the Fellows will raise our capabilities as an applied policy shop focused on improving governance and public policy in Canada.”

Rob Annan
Rob Annan is an accomplished and respected expert on research and innovation policy. As Chief Research Officer, Rob helped establish Mitacs as a major Canadian success in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs. He consults with governments, organizations and institutions across Canada on innovation strategy and policy and speaks regularly with public and private audiences across Canada. Rob has a PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University.

Emerson Csorba
Emerson Csorba serves as President of Csorba & Company Ltd., where he works with organizations in the education sector across Canada, the US, the UK and Israel. In his work, Emerson blends the practical and theoretical through access to a global network of change makers and an academic grounding in educational philosophy. A contributor to Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, Daily Telegraph and World Economic Forum Agenda, he actively convenes thinkers and practitioners to examine workplace trends and issues. Emerson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, a Member of the International Crisis Group Ambassadors Council and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Elizabeth Dubois
Critic, advocate, and academic, Elizabeth Dubois can be found researching the triad of digital media, influence and politics as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, Elizabeth’s work is designed to understand how technology may be leveraged to increase democratic accountability and engagement. Collaborating with non-profit organizations, technology companies, journalists and academics internationally, Elizabeth’s work is action oriented. From running an online “Vote Savvy” survey that doubled as a voter information tool in the 2015 federal election to writing op-eds, she aims to make her work accessible. She also consults for technology companies and non-profit organizations.
Drew Fagan
Drew Fagan recently left the public service after many years working in senior executive positions at the federal and provincial level. Drew was Deputy Minister for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games; Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure with the Government of Ontario. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving as the Prime Minister’s representative at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Before his public service career, Drew worked at The Globe and Mail, where he held numerous senior positions including parliamentary bureau chief, associate editor of Report on Business and Washington correspondent.
David Fransen
David Fransen is the Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, an advisory board member of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and an advisor to companies in Los Angeles, Toronto and Waterloo. David has served as a senior executive in government, academia, and the diplomatic corps, leading large interdisciplinary teams in path-breaking R&D, policy and program areas. He led the creation and then served as a member of the founding Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. David was also a board member of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Standards Council of Canada, as well as the Secretary of Industry Canada’s Expert Panel on Commercialization.
Aaron Good
Aaron Good is Vice President at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where he leads the Innoweave Social Innovation Platform and related programs focused on improving outcomes for youth, seniors, and Indigenous Canadians. Aaron has extensive experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the McConnell Foundation, he was Vice President of the Public Policy Forum and Policy Director of the Office for Disability Issues at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. He also spent eight years as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group in Bogotá, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto.
Sylvain Lafrance
Sylvain Lafrance is the former Executive Vice-President of French-language services at the CBC, where he led the integration of radio, television and web platforms at Radio-Canada to create one of the largest French-language public broadcasting services in the world. Following a long career as a journalist and executive at the CBC, Sylvain became Associate Professor at HEC Montreal, a position he has held since 2012. He is a member of the Order of Canada and has been appointed Knight of the French National Legion of Honour, Knight of the Order of the Pleiades from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie, and Knight of the French National Order of Arts and Letters.
Alison Loat
Alison Loat is an executive, management consultant and entrepreneur with experience in senior leadership positions in the private, non-profit and university sectors. She is currently a strategic advisor to Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing practical tools and approaches that encourage long-term behaviors in business and investment decision-making. Alison is also the co-founder and former executive director of Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity that works to build better politics and improve democratic participation. In addition, she is the author of the best-selling book Tragedy in the Commons, a board member of the Banff Forum and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader who is co-leading a disability rights project.
Lorraine Mitchelmore
Lorraine Mitchelmore is co-founder and co-chair of Smart Prosperity, a think-tank aimed at promoting the reduction of carbon emissions in Canada. She has 30 years of oil and gas experience and spent more than a third of her career working internationally. Lorraine was Executive Vice President Heavy Oil for Royal Dutch Shell, in addition to her role as President and Canada Country Chair. She worked at Petro Canada, Chevron, and BHP Petroleum before joining Shell in 2002. A current board director with the Bank of Montreal, Lorraine was also the Chair of the 2015 Governor General’s Leadership Conference and the Co-chair of the 2015 United Way Calgary & Area campaign.
Taylor Owen
Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and the founder and Editor of He was previously Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and has held research positions at Yale University, London School of Economics and the Peace Research Institute Oslo. His work explores the intersection between digital technology, media and international affairs. Taylor is the author of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age and the forthcoming Journalism after Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State.
Karen Restoule
Karen Restoule is a member of the Dokis First Nation (Anishinabek Nation) and a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850. Karen currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario and oversees their strategy on Indigenous and French language services. Previously, she was Director of the Justice Sector for the Chiefs of Ontario, where she coordinated efforts to address justice and capacity issues facing First Nations communities. A promoter of reconciliation, Karen created Bold Realities, a panel series bringing together Indigenous and industry leaders to explore their respective roles in building partnerships. She was also involved in developing Dare to Dream, a justice education and mentoring program for Indigenous youth.